California Republicans had banked on a campaign to repeal a gas tax increase to give the GOP a boost in its contested House races. But the gas tax repeal, Proposition 6, lost decisively statewide, with 44.6 percent in favor and 55.4 percent opposed, even as it found support in several Southern California counties. Democrats were also poised Wednesday to win back their supermajority in the state Senate, allowing them to pass tax increases and other extraordinary measures without Republican votes. The party had lost its two-thirds dominance in the chamber after the successful June recall of Democratic State Sen. Josh Newman, who was replaced by Republican Ling Ling Chang in Orange County.
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SAN JOSE — When Carlos Solorzano first went to the College of Adaptive Arts, he was scared of going to school. The special-needs student didn’t attend class. He just hid in the hallways, clung to his security blanket (a frayed old rope) and never ever spoke. In fact, he had been classified as “non verbal.”. Just a year later, the 23-year-old is a star student in his reading skills, acting and dance classes. He loves to draw Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, never misses a chance to bust a move when Michael Jackson music comes on, and has found the confidence to speak his truth.